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Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous and popular monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is well known for its tantric meditation and people there study a lot about this subject. It is also known for its various tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Gyuto monastery was founded in the year 1474 by the prime disciple of the 1st Dalai Lama.

Location: It is situated in the town of Dharamshala which is easy to reach through road, rail as well as airways. Transportation is not a major issue while visiting the place.

Highlights: You can find majestic statues of Buddha with a backdrop of snow clad mountains covering it. If you want to have a nice afternoon, it is the most peaceful and serene place to be at.



Best time to visit: Since this is a monastery, there is no particular season that makes any difference. However, if you are planning a full trip of the place, April-May has to be the best months.
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Kangra Fort

It is a famous fort located in the outskirts of the famous place Kangra near Dharamshala. This fort was built by the Royal Rajput family of the state of Kangra in the 15th Century. However, the fort was heavily damaged by an earthquake in the year 1905. Still, it has a good structure which attracts a lot of tourists.

Location: The distance of the fort from Dharamshala is around 20 km but it has proper connectivity to roadways which makes it easier to get there.

Highlights: The beautiful entrance is something what people love. The way the whole fort is built is completely marvelous. Inside the fort, you will find defaced statues of many lords that these people worship. This fort is considered as one of the most beautiful forts in India and people love it for the built structure.



Best time to visit: You can plan a visit anytime of the year.
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St. Patrick's Church

Wondering what places to visit in Dalhousie? Just add St. Patrick's Church to your list. Dalhousie is said to be a melange of nature’s beauty and a glimpse of the Victorian era. Approximately at a distance of 2KM from Dalhousie, lies the St. Patrick’s Church. It is a 104 years old church, situated on Mother Nature’s lap. 

This route showcases the beguiling exquisiteness of Himachal Pradesh. Several devotees, tourists and travellers visit the church every year and our awe struck by its splendour. This is a very apt place for photography. One can visit the church any day between 9 AM to 5 PM.

TIMINGS:- Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Place of worship

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Tirthan Valley

Drive away for some 60 kilometres from Kasol to hit this secluded heaven amidst the wild, called Tirthan valley. The magnificent view of the valley, non-concretised paths, the wilderness feel, all just amaze the tourists that visit this place. 

It is easily a complete day engagement place to visit in Kasol. One can relax besides the river and trek through the jungle to discover a waterfall in the valley. Tirthan valley is surely one of the best one-day getaway from Kasol and is a must visit to everybody that hit the land of Himachal.

Kasol is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh, famous for its scenic beauty and little tourist destinations. Some of the Kasol places to visit have it all sorted for the tourists with decent number of tourist places and fun activities. 

Here, it is not just about the place or activity, it is also about knowing the hidden culture and traditions of this tiny hamlet. Being called the Israel of India, Kasol is filled with a mixture of India and Israeli culture that is worth a watch.  

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Chhalal Village

One among the Israeli abodes in Kasol, Chhalal Village is one other place to visit in Kasol for tourists that look out for small attractions in the city. Redefining the beauty of nature and blending in Israeli culture, Chhalal is a quite wonderful place to spend a day. One can trek to this village witnessing the mystic atmosphere of the place. 

The best thing to do in this small town is to explore cafes and try out some of the best Israeli cuisine. Kasol, also known as the ‘Mini Israel’ of India, accommodates many other small hamlets like Chhalal that add to the overall experience of the tourists that visit Kasol.  

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Pulga Village

At a distance of approximately 16 kilometres, nested is this famous place to visit in Kasol called Pulga. Not so far from the city, this village welcomes all the tourists of Kasol. Pulga is best known for the temple or gurudwara in Parvati valley. The peaceful habitat has surprisingly large number of foreigners visiting the place throughout the year. Pulga village is one of the must visit for all the bag packers as it will enhance their love for bag packing as well as offbeat destinations. 

The village is also known for being the tea treasure of the Himalayan side. All in all Pulga village is a small but an exciting tourist destination that adds to the glory of this small town, Kasol. 

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Khajjar

Located approximately 2000 M above the sea level, Khajjar is popularly known as the mini Switzerland. So, if you are looking forward to spending some quality time with your better half, then Khajjar is a perfect destination to add flavour to your romance. 

Being blessed with dense Deodar forests, snow clad mountains and the captivating Khajjar Lake; this is an ideal picnic spot to be visited with friends and family. For all the nature lovers, Khajjar is a heaven on earth. The antiquated Khajjinag Temple, which was built in the 12th century, is also a well-known attraction here.

Activities and attractions:- Picnic spot, Sightseeing, Photography

 

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Chamba Town

The Chamba town is situated on the banks of the River Ravi. It is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Dalhousie. Being an age old princely state, this place is blessed with marvellous architecture. The Chamba Town also proffers innumerable excursions for all you tourists. 

The temperature here is extreme; hence it is advisable that you explore this town during the chilly winters. Find faith in immaculate temples of Laxmi Narayan, Hari Rai and others. Admire the magnificent Akhand Chandi Palace and Rajmahal. Also, do not forget to visit the Bhuri Singh Museum, which exhibits the rich culture of Chamba. 

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Historical Monuments, Museums, Places of Worship, etc.

 

 

Reviews

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Vikram Meel

10 April 2015

As the trek started from Dharamshala, we all were looking forward to it. McLeod Ganj and then Kareri Lake...the trek was pretty easy and filled with awesome moments. The villages on the way were way better than we thought and for a moment we all felt like settling down there permanently.

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Trishita Chatterjee

04 May 2015

Guys, this can be called as one of the best treks in the entire country. The beauty and the feel that it offers are simply above all. If you happen to miss it, you will miss it forever. Pack your bags, book your dates and just go for this one without even thinking twice.

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Pallavi Rao

06 April 2015

Our group of 6 people from Delhi had lot of fun and are happy to give a thumbs up for the Kareri Lake trek and experience. Within the span of 5 days, we had unlimited fun and the trails were so appealing. Really, a must trek to take for the beginners.

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Rishab Jain

14 April 2015

We did the Kareri Lake trek during the summers. Even during that time, it was so beautiful and made our trek ever-memorable. The trekking guides carried out the entire trek so decently. Planning to visit the lake during the winters now!

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Rohan Mittal

14 April 2015

We did the Kareri Lake trek during the summers. Even during that time, it was so beautiful and made our trek ever-memorable. The tour guides carried out the entire trek so decently. Planning to visit the lake during the winters now!

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Arnab Dey

08 April 2015

Rocky trails, Rocky Mountains…on the whole the trip was rocking dude. Had the most amazing time with a group of 10 members and the The organizing team did their best in enhancing the fun and excitement of the trek.

What You Should Know More About Dharamshala

  • About the destination

    Located in the Kangra valley with lush greenery, the pristine town of Dharamshala is something beyond the words can explain. It is a beautiful hill station in the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh in India.

    Dharamshala is located on the valley of a Himalayan mountain range called Dhauladhar. The highest peak of this mountain range is known as White Mountain, which is 5639 m high. You can get a mesmerizing view of the Dhauladhar range from McLeod Ganj, one of the prime suburbs in Dharamshala. There are some great waterfalls too in Dharamshala. The other tourists’ spots include Kalachakra Temple, Triund hill, Dalai Lama Temple, and many more. We shall be discussing them in details below.

    If you are a shopaholic, Dharamshala is probably your best destination. The Kotwali Bazaar is a busy market place where you can spend a great time. A shopping mall, named Maximus, is there to satisfy your shopping craves. Don’t forget to buy your Tibetan Singing Bowl to calm down your ailing busy mind. To eat well, you have Baskin Robbins, KFC, and other local restaurants. If you are a party animal and you like having a blast at night, there are some discos in the town. X-Cite Discotheque and Rhythm are two great places where you can get a happening nightlife.

    Dharamshala has a lot of hotels, guesthouses and resorts for your comfortable stay. Some suggestions are Victoria House, Friend’s House, Welcome House, Hotel Akash, Pink House, etc.

    Other nearby destinations that you can visit from Dharamshala is Palampur, Dalhousie and Manali.

  • Travel advice

    • You can explore the town by simply walking but if you are hiring a taxi, make sure to agree upon the fare beforehand.

    • Avoid over-friendly strangers. You might make a mistake in recognising him/her.

    • Dharamshala is mostly safe but keep an eye on your belongings to avoid unnecessary harassment.

    • Carry a torch with you while going out after evening. Power cuts are common in Dharamshala.

    • Avoid lifts from strangers.

    • Plan your trip beforehand to avoid wastage of time.

    • Keep sight-seeing outings during the day time only. The hilly areas get deserted soon.

    • You will find a lot of monkeys outside some temples and along the road. Do not feed them.

    • Ask for local help when required.

    • Don’t leave the children alone in the hilly regions.

    • To meet Dalai Lama you need to fill up and submit a form in their office with a copy of your passport. Make those preparations before time.  

  • Drinking laws

    The minimum age for liquor consumption in Dharamshala is 18 years. You should not attempt to buy and drink alcohol if you are younger. Also, if you are eligible to drink, drink responsibly. Do not go for sight-seeing in drunken state.

  • Our recommendations- things you can’t afford to miss?

    • Triund Hill

    If you are an adventure-seeker, Dharamshala is your paradise. The beautiful and serene Triund Hill offers the trekkers their best lifetime experiences. It is 3240 m high with Kunal Pathri Temple as its first camp site at 2788 m. The second camp site is Snow Line Café at 3250 m. The entire hill is marked which makes it easy for the trekkers with fewer chances of getting lost.


    • Cricket stadium

    There is a beautiful international cricket stadium in Dharamshala, the name of which is Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. The natural beauty of this stadium is enhanced by the pine trees and thick greenery all around it. The place actually resembles the beauty of Switzerland.


    • Bhagsu Waterfall

    With a height of 2165 m, this waterfall is in Bhagsunaag village and behind the Bhagsu temple. The entire location is enchanting and picturesque. You can take a refreshing bath in the water pool created by the fall naturally.


    • Church of St. John

    This place is sure to give you goose bumps. An old beautiful church amidst deodar forests in a chilling cold lonely environment, doesn’t that sounds creepy? Visit the place to experience this. Located in Forsyth Ganj, this church was built in 1852. The bell tower of the church was destroyed in 1905 earthquake and was reconstructed afterwards.


    • Kangra valley

    The calm and quiet valley of Kangra will surely soothe you with its cool breezes and narrow perennial streams. The place is alluring and will gift you the best views to the Western Himalayas.


    • Naddi View Point

    Visit this place on a clear day to get a picturesque view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The view of sunrise and sunset from the Naddi View point is breath-taking.


    • Kangra Art Museum

    The Kangra Art Museum was created in 1990 to showcase the culture of the Kangra region. The museum exhibits great sculptures, paintings, coins and other historical things relating to this place. You must visit the museum to know more about the place you are visiting.


    • Dal lake

    No, this is not the famous Dal Lake of Kashmir. This Dal Lake is in a small Himachali village named Naddi. The surroundings of the lake are covered with lush greenery and the entire location is extremely calm. You can sit on the benches beside the lake early in the morning and appreciate beauty on nature.


    • Naam Art Gallery

    If you love and appreciate painting, Dharamshala has an option for you as well. The Naam Art Gallery is a place where beautiful paintings by Elsbeth Buschmann and Alfred W. Hellett are exhibited. You can see water colours, acrylic and oil paintings there.


    • Kotla Fort

    For the historic place lovers, the Kotla Fort in the town of Kotla is a must watch. Try knowing the stories behind the fort from the locals to appreciate it more. There are some temples inside the fort and it offers great views to the nearby places.


    Tibetan Places to see

    • Dalai Lama Temple

    Apart from the breath-taking natural beauty, Dharamshala is also known for Dalai Lama. It is the home of Dalai Lama and a lot of Tibetans. Dalai Lama gives his classes in this temple every year which is open for the visitors. Confirm the days and come down to Dharamshala to know more about Buddhism. Beside the temple there is the house of Dalai Lama.


    • Tibetan Museum

    Situated near the Dalai Lama temple, this is a museum showcasing things relating to Tibet and Buddhism. There are approximately 30,000 photographs showing the Tibetan culture.


    • Tsechokling Gompa

    This is a beautiful gompa in Dharamshala. Inside the gompa, there is a beautiful statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. The gompa is decorated during the Tibetan New Year called Losar. You will find beautiful sculptures inside the gompa which are made during the Losar every year and destroyed before the Losar next year.


    • Kalachakra temple

    It is a beautiful and famous Tibetan temple depicting Tibet’s ethnicity. There are 722 deities in this temple.


    • Norbulingka Institute

    It is an institute run by Tibetan artists creating art which has a touch of Tibet. You can buy some really interesting and colourful items for your home décor like paintings, statues, clothing and other accessories. Appreciate the works of talented artists there.


    Monasteries

    • Gyuto Monastery

    It is one of the famous monasteries in Dharamshala. The surrounding views are breath-taking.


    • Nechung Monastery

    This is a peaceful heaven where you can see Buddhist debating. Even if you don’t have any inclination towards Buddhism, this monastery will surely arouse interests in you.


    • Namgyal Monastery

    It is the largest Tibetan monastery in Dharamshala. The entire ambience is calm and serene which is a real treat for your ears.


    • Sherbling Monastery

    This monastery is situated in Palampur. You will see a large golden statue of Buddha inside. Try to attend the Darshan from 2 pm to 4 pm every day.


    Temples

    • Bhagsunath Temple

    This temple is mainly famous for the two pools inside it which is believed to have healing properties. Every year in September, a fair is organised in the vicinity of this temple. The Bhagsu waterfall is near this temple.


    • Chamunda Nandikeshwar Temple

    This beautiful temple is situated on the banks of Ban Ganga at an elevation of 1000 m. This temple is said to be almost 700 years old. The deity inside the temple is Hindu goddess Shakti or the goddess of power. There is a holy pool in the temple where devotees take holy dip.


    • Guna Devi  Temple

    It is considered to be one of the oldest temples in India. It is located at a height of 2320 m in Kangra Valley. The deity worshipped in this temple is Hindu Goddess Kali.


    • Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

    Located in Khaniyara village, this is a beautiful temple with a stream flowing beside it. The natural beauty there is divine.


    • Indru Nag Temple

    Dedicated to the god of snakes, this is a beautiful temple giving a view of the entire Dharamshala. You must watch the sunrise from this temple which is absolutely breath-taking. The sunrays falling on the Pong Lake there creates a magnificent view. The water looks like liquid gold.


    • Kunal Pathri Temple

    This is a small and beautiful temple in the Dhauladhar range. The surroundings are covered with lush green tea gardens. According to the locals, there is a stone inside the temple which never dries. Whenever it dries, rainfall starts and wets it up again. Visit the place to witness if it’s true.


  • What you will like there?

    Tea gardens

    The tea gardens on the slopes of the hills are just splendid to watch. You can taste and buy the aromatic tea of Himachal and makes a great gifting option too.


    Nature

    Dharamshala is showered with blessings from Mother Nature. The snow- capped mountains, lush greenery of pine and cedar, the beautiful monasteries, the entire view of Dharamshala is enchanting.


    Food

    You must try Himachali cuisine and as well as Tibetan cuisine in Dharamshala. The delicious dumplings called momos are just mouth-watering. They are really cheap in the road-side food stalls. You will also get to eat delicious Punjabi cuisine in Dharamshala as the place has a lot of Punjabi natives.


    Adventure

    If you are looking for some really awesome adventure, visit Dharamshala. The trekkers can trek on the hills of western Himalayas covered with beautiful pine trees. The best part about trekking in Dharamshala is that the places are well posted. You will find sign boards which keeps you from getting lost.


    Spas and healing centres

    For relaxing your mind and getting a time of your own, you must visit the spas in Dharamshala. Few suggestions of spas are Body Temple, Holistic Massage Centre, etc.


    Yoga and meditation centres

    Himachal Pradesh is the origin of yoga and meditation. There are a lot of yoga centres for you to learn the art to heal yourself from inside. Some suggestions of yoga centres are Astho Institute, Amit Reiki and Yoga Centre, Guerrilla yoga, etc.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Government Tourism Website

    Book

    Freedom in Exile- an Autobiography by Dalai Lama.


Listings in Dharamshala